Kintai Bridge Iwakuni Reviews
Kintai Bridge Jun 21, 2011
Iwakuni is often overlooked because of nearby Hiroshima and Miyajima stealing the show. However, Iwakuni is one of my favourite towns in all Japan. Get away from the train station and over to the historic side of town and all your preconceptions and images of Japan will materialise. The riverside area and town square are incredibly quaint, but a hot wine in winter or cold beer in summer and watch life go by. Nearby Iwakuni castle is reached by a chair lift and looks down over the town, samurai residences and beautiful temple gardens. The star attraction however, is Iwakuni’s wooden arched bridge, a fantastic sight indeed.
The Kintai Bridge spans the Nishiki river and was first constructed in 1673. The bridge survived WW II but was destroyed in a Typhoon in 1950. Work on a replica bridge started just a week later.
Friendly Japanese groups enjoying Hanami under the cherry blossoms and inviting my friend and I over for food.
The Kintai bridge is a 15 minute bus ride from the train station. I don’t recommend walking as it’s easy to get lost and the modern town is forgettable. To enter the bridge costs 200 yen, keep your ticket stub as this is a return ticket.
Visiting during Sakura in April is particularly attractive as the whole river side is in a pink bloom. Under the blossoming trees are numerous Izakaya restaurants and impromptu parties.
During summer, the traditional method of fishing using tethered cormorant birds is exhibited on the river.
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